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Money can't buy the minds of the 99%. Your time is up! Jim Howe Columbus, IN 47203
Corporations have enjoyed serious loopholes and government benefits, reaping profits, hiring lobbyists and ignoring environmental costs. Time to get out your bubble. The rest of us are scrimping. Time to think beyond consumption and retool the economy so that it reflects good values, not just growth and financial success. Claire Whitcomb Madison, NJ 07940
Karl Marx said religion is the opium of the masses. Religion is bourgeoisie ideology spread by the ruling rich against the poor. The 1% are the ruling class which must be overthrown by the proletariat. You 1% got your wealth by stealing from us 99%. So we will simply take your wealth from you and redistribute it amongst the 99% equally. Communism is the solution. Down with corporate capitalism. tom tom lobello Rogers, MN 55374
For the most part we took the risk and you took the proffit. Share a little. (about 99%) John Carter Antioch, IL 60002
Hello, I am writing because I am in my last semester of my undergraduate education as a nontraditional student. I went back to finish my degree because I decided that I want to be a teacher. I just took on tens of thousands of dollars in student loans to make a financially lateral move from my previous career as an executive administrative assistant. I've been okay with that, because teaching is something about which I am passionate, and while I think it's a crime that we value the educated more than the educators, I understand that I have to teach in the system I have rather than the system I want. I have enjoyed every minute of my schooling, but I was particularly troubled to hear that I should not expect to find work any time soon. My professors tell stories of schools receiving hundreds of applications per opening, because so many schools are laying off teachers as their budgets fall. Despite the odds, they encourage us not to give up. Despite their encouragement, many will. I wonder if I will be one of them. I wonder if I'll be paying off my new student loans while never even having had the opportunity to set foot in a classroom. I wonder how I can encourage my teenage daughter to aspire to a college education if she sees that there was no point. Can you imagine all of this worrying over about a job worth only forty thousand dollars a year? You probably spend that on a single vacation! But for me it is the dream of an entire year's reward for working countless extra unpaid hours to ensure that tomorrow's leaders learn what they need to in order to be responsible stewards of tomorrow's world. I wonder what they'll say of you in tomorrow's world, when the current events of this new Gilded Age have settled into history. Will they say that the elites of America knew it was their duty as Americans to fix the economy they broke, or will they teach the unfortunate fallout of this economic crisis alongside the Credit Mobilier scandal, the Great Depression and the S&L crisis? It has yet to be written, of course. But I have learned enough history in these past four years to know what happens when the poor get pushed too far. It makes for great teachable moments. I wonder, are you teachable? Sincerely, Mrs. Maya Cook Maya Cook 08021